Varsity Cheer Team Qualifies for National Competition in May

For years, Norfolk Collegiate’s varsity competitive cheer team was quiet. But in the past year, the squad has undergone a metamorphosis. Under the leadership of coaches Alfonzo Lowe, Lexi Everette and Taylor Kelly, it’s been resurrected. Through grit and determination, they earned their first competitive win this February.  

The team participated in the Delmarva Beach Classic in Maryland where they finished first place in their division and qualified for national finals in Virginia Beach in May.

To compete teams must choreograph a routine complete with partner stunts (a feat more manageable since adding three senior boys to the team), tumbling, at least one pyramid and a dance portion. Routines are two minutes and 30 seconds of fast-paced performance.

“Getting the chance to work with such amazing girls and teaching the boys all about cheer was such an extraordinary experience this year. I wouldn’t trade for the world! I absolutely had an amazing time competing with everyone and at all the practices, even the ones consisting of blood and tears! I really hope I get the chance to work with everyone again and get back on the mats,” said junior Lexi Hirschfeld.

This is the team’s first acceptance at a Varsity All-Star competition, an even more impressive feat considering it’s a winter sport and with so many students participating in other sports, the team only practices during the winter season.

“Joining cheer has always been a way for me to show my school spirit,” said senior Sophie Zhou. “Competition cheer has taken my passion for cheer to the next level. My motivation is to show and spread knowledge about cheer.”

Members of the 2017-18 varsity competitive cheer team include:

Reagan Alsop ’19

Nolwen Andre ’20

Coral Bowman ’20

Abby Carlsmith ’20

Svenja Eugster ’19

Sam Fowler ’19

Gabby Guirand ’22

Savannah Hart ’19

Lexi Hirschfeld ’19

Hailey Hux ’20

Susannah Lai ’20

Sadie McNaughton ’22

Sophie Zhou ’18

Jackson Burke ’18

Hunter Flora ’18

Grady Fitzwater ’18

Elizabeth Jones ’18

Cecilia Kelly ’18

Click here to watch a video of their Delmarva Beach Classic routine.